On Thursday, September 7, King’s-Edgehill School students – returning and new, junior and senior – came together for a social evening of dance.
After moving countries, settling into dorms, settling back into routine, meeting their teachers, and receiving course outlines, students came together as a community for the first School dance of this new school year. The welcoming theme was certainly felt and enjoyed by all!
Students were greeted from chaperones as they signed-in with Reach for the dance and gathered around the “Hello, my name is…” name tag station beside the Terry Fox fundraiser canteen. Once equipped with a name tag, students entered the theatre and were surrounded by the greeting “hello” written in different languages, as well as a board where they could sign and include the country they are from.
Language aside, many cultures came together and danced – a universal language enjoyed by all. The flow, the feel, everyone is welcome to it and feels welcomed by it. Our students showed their welcoming-kindness as they danced together; juniors on stage jumping to the beat, seniors alongside them hyping them up.
Throughout the night, there was singing, laughter, smiles, friendships being built, and so much dancing (have I mentioned that yet?). Hearing students enjoying themselves together was heart-warming. Their excited shouts over how awesome the school dance certainly made me happy as I know how much effort went into it by the School Dance Committee led by their Executive Head, Gretchen Archibald ‘24.
The comment that stuck with me the most came from a student who was skipping out of the theatre with a full-face grin: “My old school never had dances or events like this!”
Well, King’s-Edgehill School isn’t like other schools and moments like this is just one wonderful reason why.
Until the next one,
Ms. Stephanie Cummings
Junior School Faculty
Director of Dance and Head Dance Coach